Yojee signs three-year deal with Geodis

Yojee, an Australian logistics technology start-up, has announced a three-year master services agreement with global logistics provider Geodis.
The Agreement will govern multiple projects across Asia Pacific where Yojee will provide its SaaS logistics and supply chain management technology on a project by project basis on standard commercial terms over three years, with: setup; subscription; professional service; and transaction fees applicable.
“We are excited to be selected for this opportunity as we have strategically aligned ourselves to the current needs of the market with innovative technology and are uniquely positioned both technically and geographically to understand and deliver a solution against the requirements of Geodis, a true global leader. This milestone validates our mantra of any business of any size, and also proves the capabilities of our world leading logistics technology,” Ed Clarke, Managing Director at Yojee said.
Geodis aims to digitise its logistics operations, optimise efficiency and enhance customer experience across Asia Pacific for land transport and cross-border logistics.
Land transport includes express, line haul and container trucking and can be both domestic and across borders in Asia, where Yojee’s proprietary software provides unique advantages in areas such as visibility, compliance and invoicing.
“After searching the market it became apparent that Yojee has built a unique solution that supports modern logistics requirements, drives efficiency and supports customer requirements. We work with over 1,000 partners across the region and face challenges in cross-border trucking which is solved by Yojee’s enterprise grade solution,” Dinesh Kenapathy, South East Asia Road Network Director at Geodis said.
Read more about Yojee: https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/a-rising-force-in-freight-movement/

New Board member for Yojee

Yojee has announced the appointment of David Morton to its recently announced Advisory Board team.
This is the final appointment to the existing Advisory Board, rounding out the strategic and operational growth focus of the Company for 2019.
David is an experienced Corporate Banker with a successful career spanning 40 years at Westpac and HSBC.
He has recently returned to Australia after 12 years working in Asia (Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong) in a number of pan Asian roles including Managing Director, Head of Corporate, Financials and Multinationals Banking, Asia-Pacific.
David Morton is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, GAICD and holds a Business Studies degree (Accounting) from Victoria University.
“I am excited about the opportunity to assist Yojee in executing its strategies within the Asian region and scale across the world. The Company has a wonderful opportunity for its platform to support all stakeholders in the supply chain and logistics ecosystem, from shipper to carrier and from governmental and financial institutions where data and transparency is key. It’s recent announcement with a multi-national organisation shows the true potential of this early stage business,” David said.
“The Company has been strategically building its board and advisory structure with globally proven talent across technology, supply chain, automation and finance and capital markets with David being a great addition to complete our advisory structure. We are very pleased to have David joining us and look forward to our group of experienced board and advisors engaging the executive team in robust discussions around strategy and growth along with providing public market strategy and strong corporate governance,” Ed Clarke, MD, Yojee said.

Start-ups challenged to address supply chain issues

British logistics company Wincanton is once again challenging start-ups to pitch their solutions for industry challenges as part of its W2 Labs innovation program, which is open internationally.
Run in partnership with L Marks, the corporate innovation specialist and early-stage investor, this is the second year that the program has run with start-ups invited to demonstrate the value of their work which will span four categories:

  • Maximum visibility. The judges are looking for better ways to see how everything moves through the whole supply chain, from source to destination; every product, every asset, everything. Customers, and the customer’s customer, want to know where it all is, all of the time. What can you bring us to help them see?
  • Warehouse of the future. In the future, we know that there will be more automation and greater efficiency, but as the High Street transforms, warehouses become the new ‘storefront’. So how will the best warehouses actually be run? What breakthrough technology, tools, working practices will make them smarter, happier, places to be? People, process, technology – what do you do that will be a major part of this seismic shift?
  • Intelligent decision making. Data, data everywhere and never stopping to think. Because it’s not just about big data, it’s about big decisions, based on intelligent input. It’s about anticipating, pre-empting, reacting… Everybody wants to be able to predict outcomes, monitor quality, plot demand, etc. Have you got data to add? Have you got smarter sensors? Is your intelligence artificial and adaptable to the world?
  • Open season. This is the wildcard. The judges are looking for the best and brightest ideas that can light up logistics, to change the game, be disruptive and surprising. Must be super-safety conscious, and focused on being industry-leading in health & safety, this year your ideas should focus on ‘SafetyTech’, in particular, for both employees and the general public. If you think that you have something that will help make the world a safer place, now is your chance. Bring it on!

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their business proposition with Wincanton and will receive intensive business mentoring from the company’s senior executives, with a view to securing an ongoing commercial agreement.
ZigZag, a technology business, which helps online retailers improve their customer service and international returns proposition, is just one of last year’s W2 Labs success stories.
Al Gerrie, ZigZag founder, said of working with Wincanton: “We’re already confident in our ZigZag solution yet logistics is a huge industry and there are many verticals we have not yet touched on. With the guidance and support of the Wincanton team we have been able to look at new and innovative ways of using the ZigZag platform to improve the returns process in other sectors.”
Wincanton CEO Adrian Colman said of the W2 Labs 2018 launch: “Following the success of last year’s program, which had over 90 submissions from 12 countries, we are excited to see the breadth of talent this year’s W2 Labs brings. At Wincanton, we recognise that to innovate we need an open and curious mind; an approach where we combine our own experience with that of the best start-up businesses from around the world. Together, we can exploit the possibilities of the digital supply chain to the benefit of our customers.”
Applications for W2 Labs are open until 21 October 2018, with the best entries invited to pitch in late spring. A 12-week intensive collaboration period between Wincanton and the selected start-ups will then follow, with concepts being demonstrated at the end of the process.
For more information or to enter your company for consideration, visit www.W2Labs.com.

VIC start-up to launch crowdsourced delivery platform

Melbourne delivery tech start-up Passel will soon launch an innovative delivery platform in Australia that will offer same-day delivery for consumers, and will source delivery operators from an on-demand network of locals.
Once consumers have completed a purchase, they are guaranteed delivery within three hours. They way the platform intends to honour this is through a network of on-demand couriers – individuals working in and near to shopping centres.
The system will match those finishing work in and around shopping centres in the following period and heading in the same direction as the purchaser’s destination, essentially enabling people to help deliver items on their way home. In return for their efforts, the individuals will receive a $10 electronic gift card once receipt is confirmed.
Marshall Hughes, one of the co-founders behind the idea, spent two decades working in freight before conceiving the idea for the business due to a throwaway line: “One day, you’ll be shopping in the hardware store and your phone will ping with a message that Mrs Jones, who lives around the corner from you, has just bought a shovel online. If you deliver it on the way home, we’ll give you a $10 gift voucher.”
When no one else seemed to be delivering the model, Hughes decided to do it himself.
“The biggest change I have seen over the past 20 years has been the growth of B2C (business-to-consumer) delivery,” he told Logistics & Materials Handling. “It has grown really rapidly and, the thing is, it’s hard to do B2C well. Traditional freight structures are not suited to sporadic delivery.
“It is hard to predict when people will want things, and with freight you’re constantly trying to balance supply with demand, so you don’t have drivers sitting around doing nothing,” Hughes added.
The platform’s website notes, “Solutions such as drones and lockers only serve to push the problem further down the line, rather than trying to find a better way to get online orders into the hands of the customer.”
“Because of Passel’s opportunistic model, we’ll be able to deal well with spikes and troughs,” Hughes added. “For example, we’ll be able to find people to deliver for us the week before Christmas when it is impossible to get couriers, and the week after Christmas won’t be a problem for us as our couriers are on demand.”
Passel is due to begin operations in September 2017.

GoSHIFT to help Go People take parcels to places

The crowd-sourced delivery company Go People has added a new service to its portfolio called GoSHIFT. The service will enable businesses to hire shift-based dedicated drivers as and when needed, to help streamline their delivery processes while keeping costs down. The dedicated shift service is aimed at supporting small retailers ahead of Amazon’s arrival, the company says.
Go People says the company has further advanced its grouping and routing algorithm to develop the service, allowing assigned couriers to make 10-20 deliveries affordably within a 3-hour shift. Wayne Wang, founder and CEO of Go People, said he was confident the new service will deliver Australian retailers more value and help them thrive in an ever-competitive market.
“GoSHIFT is a natural extension of our core service to simplify deliveries. It is ideal for businesses looking to compete with large-scale retailers who dominate the market, such as Amazon, while minimising the costs associated with managing their own delivery services,” said Wang.
With the impending launch of Amazon in Australia, unreliable or inefficient delivery services can mean the end for small businesses.
Brisbane City Blooms, a QLD florist business that has been piloting the service, found the regular dedicated couriers from GoSHIFT allowed the business to consolidate its morning deliveries while slashing monthly associated costs. Nel Gowdy, florist at Brisbane City Blooms, believes the adaptable service helps them stay competitive.
“GoSHIFT has given us the flexibility to scale with the day’s demand, so we can adjust our delivery needs as necessary. It means one less thing to worry about, and we’re saving thousands on our costs each month,” said Ms Gowdy.
Go People says the GoSHIFT service starts at $28/hour, with rates as low as $5 per delivery.

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